I mentioned the Staff Lounge at animelosangeles. I spoke to Genny recently (Thursday night), she said that hardly anyone was interested in breakfast; the cereal that was most popular was the Raisin Bran; one case of yogurt from Costco was enough for the whole weekend; bagels were popular, with the cream cheese & toppings she had; the 500 filipino egg rolls (lumpia) were a big hit as was the big batch of jambalaya (there was 10 pounds of meat in that) and the batch of vegetarian jambalaya; we should make sure to bring our own dorm-size refrigerator. There was a small group of vegetarians at the convention on staff, and a few people who couldn't have wheat, she didn't run into any other staff dietary restrictions. Sandwich deliveries were a bit hit, and quite a number of fans who came upstairs to get their own lunch agreed to take deliveries to where they needed to go.
Genny and Dana have both agreed to come back next year and run the Staff Lounge again. We'll need to get them an assistant that's available on New Year's Day to make sure that load-in happens -- any volunteers?
The Costume Repair Station: Jess Miller headed up the room's contingent, mostly master class costumers from Costumers Guild West, sitting at six stations in a large room, and they were busy most of the weekend. On Saturday, a number of costumes were fixed/finished up there, in time to be shown on stage that night in the Masquerade. My mom reports that she spent part of the afternoon putting in an enormous zipper for someone. Most of the people in the room who'd brought sewing machines didn't want to loan them out, and instead sewed stuff up for people. Malcolm had his tool kit, and our usual kit was there with all the fixings. Apparently we need to add black tape to the kit -- I'm thinking I'll get the good kind that our Tech department uses.
missmea had suggested back in November that we should give ribbons to people who were helped by Costume Repair, to help spread the word that the room exists. Thank you for the suggestion. We ordered 100 "Saved by the Costume Repair Station" ribbons and we gave away all of them. We'll need to order more for next year.
Speaking of ribbons, write me soon if you want ribbons for March or April conventions; if you want any for June or July, it's not too early to start thinking about them. The ribbons that people needed for next weekend for Capricon etc. arrived in time and were mailed out, ribbons needed for Gallifrey One (same weekend but here in So.Cal.) will be here in time to be hand-delivered to the con. I'll be at Gallifrey One on Friday afternoon and Sunday evening, between which I'll be up at Animation On Display (fka AOD/AODSF, fka Anime Overdose) in SFO. Whee!
This weekend -- in about 9 hours, actually -- I'll be at the Cosplay.com Valentine's Day Picnic at Whittier Narrows Park in El Monte. See me there!
By the way my server's down for maintenance -- they're physically moving the computers across town. It'll be back up in the morning.
EDIT: (8 am) The server's back.